WORK WILL BEGIN this fall on a replacement bridge over Beaver Dam Creek at Midstreams Road in Brick.
The Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders awarded a $4,661,443 contract to Midlantic Construction of Barnegat Township for the replacement of the existing 55-year-old structure.
The new bridge will be an 111-foot-long long steel and concrete construct, replacing the old concrete and timber pile span, said Freeholder John P. Kelly, Director of Law and Public Safety.
“This new modern bridge is designed to last between 70 and 80 years,” said Kelly, who is also liaison to the Ocean County Engineering Department.
Kelly said the new bridge should be in place within a year after construction begins.
Work will be staged, allowing a single lane for northbound traffic throughout the construction.
The 49-foot wide bridge will include a 6-foot-wide sidewalk on the west side.
“Ocean County maintains more than 220 bridges and culverts,” said Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari. “Replacing old structures is important for the safety of motorists and pedestrians.”
Kelly said the County makes it a priority to review its structures regularly and replace or refurbish those that need it.
“Public safety is a priority for the board,” Kelly said. “All of our engineering projects have public safety components tied into them.”